The Australian Institute of Navigation Inc. unites those who are concerned with or who are interested in the science, practice and development of Navigation.

In this context the term "navigation" covers motion of all kinds as well as command and control. It embraces subjects traditionally associated with navigation such as astronomy, mathematics, cartography, electronics and information technology. It also includes all forms of satellite navigation, and developing areas of scientific endeavour, such as autonomous vehicle control.

You are encouraged to explore our website to find out more about meetings, newsletters and other activities of the Institute.

The Australian Institute of Navigation welcomes applications for membership.
Professor Chris Rizos
Australian Institute of Navigation
About us
The Australian Institute of Navigation Inc. was established in 1949.
The Institute has enjoyed Vice Regal patronage since 1958. The present Patron is His Excellency The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Aims
  • The aims of the Institute are to encourage the dissemination of knowledge and to coordinate information from all the disciplines involved, and to provide a forum in which new ideas and new products can have the benefit of informed and professional scrutiny. A central feature of the Institute's activities is that they remain devoid of any political, industrial or commercial influences.
  • Newsletter
  • The Institute publishes a Newsletter which, amongst other things, contains papers which have been presented at General Meetings. Selected material from Special Interest Groups is reproduced for the benefit of members.
  • General Meetings
  • General Meetings of the Membership are held in Sydney about every two months in accordance with the annual program. Also visit/tours are conducted to places of interest during the year. Guest speakers present papers on a wide variety of subjects at these meetings. All members and guests are welcome at General Meetings -- there is no charge for attendance. General Meetings in other areas outside of Sydney are also arranged from time to time.
  • International
  • That part of the Institutes work which is international in character is coordinated with similar organisations in other countries through the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN). The IAIN is represented on the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
  • Annual Awards
  • The Institute makes annual awards to selected outstanding students at the Royal Australian Air Force School of Air Warfare, the RAN Long Navigation Course and other institutions.
  • Governance
  • The Institutes affairs are overseen by an elected President, Office Bearers and Members of Council, which is supplemented by ex-officio representatives from the RAN and RAAF. A Technical Sub-Committee handles all matters of a technical nature.
  • Administration
  • Matters of administration are handled on behalf of the AIN by Mrs Debbie Osley, 02 6288 0346.
  1. To unite in one society persons interested in the science and practice of navigation.
  2. To advance the science and practice of navigation:
    1. by coordination and dissemination of the knowledge and achievement of navigators, meteorologists, electronic and radio engineers, scientists, mathematicians, surveyors, engineers, and others in equipment, systems, methods of navigation and related disciplines;
    2. by the holding of meetings and the publications of studies by means of all and any appropriate media;
    3. by encouragement of research and of university, industrial and professional education in navigational and kindred disciplines; and
    4. by all such other acts as may be deemed to promote knowledge of navigation and its associated sciences, encourage navigational progress and raise the standards of navigational performance.
  3. To examine and review results of navigational research and invention and to advise on achievements which promise advancement in the standards of navigational performance.
  4. To cooperate, for the advancement of navigation with other scientific institutions in related fields.
  5. To act as advisory body on navigational matters to relevant statutory authorities.
  6. To establish awards in recognition of navigational excellence.
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